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Writing Instruction for English Learners: Practical Approaches from the Comprehensive Writing Instruction Research Project

Location: Presentational Hall (PIC)

Target Audience: K-12

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Abstract: Writing is the critical “Third R” of schooling and the most common medium by which studentsat all levels demonstrate “what they know.” However, only 5% of 8 th grade ELs and 1% of 12th grade ELs performed at a proficient level in writing on the 2012 NAEP. These statistics highlight the facts that writing represents a clear obstacle to ELs’ long-term academic success and that better writing instruction for these students should be an urgent priority for all schools. In this presentation, I share insights that I have gleaned from an ongoing research project focused ondeveloping, implementing, and refining comprehensive writing instruction at several elementary grade levels. In particular, I will demonstrate a number of instructional practices that address transcription skills, writing fluency, sentence composing, paragraph structure, planning anddrafting texts in several genres, and using formative assessment in writing. In addition, I will discuss pragmatic issues and answer audience questions related to the “nitty gritty” of implementing the practices. Thus, my overall goal will be to facilitate a session that both presents cutting-edge approaches for writing instruction and involves substantial interaction focused on the practical concerns related to successful implementation of these approaches indiverse school settings and across the grade levels.

Speaker Bio:

Patrick ManyakDr. Patrick Manyak is an associate professor of Literacy Education at the University of Wyoming. A former bilingual teacher, he has published numerous articles resulting from his research on the language and literacy development of English learners. Manyak has recently served as a co-principal investigator in an IES-funded research project focused on the development and feasibility testing of a multifaceted, comprehensive, vocabulary instruction program (MCVIP) for 4th and 5th grade English learners and native English-speakers.

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